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Tales of Moderation

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#183: “Tales of Moderation”
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{{#vardefine:airdatelink|February 22, 1992}}
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Tales of Moderation
{{#vardefine:characters|07}}“Tales of Moderation” is episode #183 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written by Phil Lollar, and originally aired {{#var:airdatelink}}.

Summary[edit]

Whit gives Connie a book that tells three stories of moderation.

Plot[edit]

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It all started at Whit’s house. Connie is there, helping him clean out his garage. There, she notices something: Although Whit is wealthy and owns lots of property, he chooses to live in a modest home. Connie asks Whit about it. She wonders why he doesn’t live in a way that better suits his financial status. Whit tells Connie that wisdom and experience have taught him that it’s much better to exercise moderation and live more simply.

Connie isn’t convinced, so Whit gives her a book of three tales, which explains his reasons for living like he does. The first tale, An Hour Later, is about two farmers. They both worked very hard one year, and it paid off. The first farmer went crazy and had a lavished New Year's Eve party, while the second farmer divided his blessings into fourths and celebrated New Year's Eve quietly with his family. The next year wasn't so good. The Blights came and destroyed their crops. The first farmer had nothing left, while the second farmer was fine.

Whit’s second tale, Who Owns Who, is about a Young Man who surrounds himself with every expensive and modern appliance available in order to become truly independent. Then, his appliances start talking! He goes to sleep, thinking it's a nightmare, but his alarm talks to him! The appliances tell the man that he's been neglecting them, leaving them to get old. The man agrees, and soon enough, he did nothing but fixing appliances. Finally, he gets frustrated and tells them to do what they were created to do--or else! He jumps in his car, satisfied, but it and his garage won't let him go anywhere!

Finally, Connie reads Can You Journey Through the Eye of a Needle, the story of a rich, young prince who asks a great teacher what he must do to gain eternal life. The teacher tells him to sell all his possessions and give them to the poor. The young prince leaves sadly - he loves his wealth more than he loves anything else.

The point is made - Connie understands the importance of moderation. In her prayers that evening, she thanks God for giving her a wise friend like John Avery Whittaker.

Discussion Questions[edit]

  1. Connie felt that since Whit was wealthy, he should live like it. Do you agree?
    • Why or why not?
  2. What were Whit’s reasons for living simply?
  3. Why is it important to practice moderation?
    • How can you practice moderation in your life?

Cast[edit]

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Role Voice Actor
Bill Walker Edmiston[[Category:{{#var:casttype}} with Bill (b)]][[Category:{{#var:casttype}} with Bill (b) voiced by Walker Edmiston]][[Category:{{#var:casttype}} with acting by Walker Edmiston]]
Connie Kendall Katie Leigh[[Category:{{#var:casttype}} with Connie Kendall]][[Category:{{#var:casttype}} with Connie Kendall voiced by Katie Leigh]][[Category:{{#var:casttype}} with acting by Katie Leigh]]
Ethel Blight Katie Leigh[[Category:{{#var:casttype}} with Ethel Blight]][[Category:{{#var:casttype}} with Ethel Blight voiced by Katie Leigh]][[Category:{{#var:casttype}} with acting by Katie Leigh]]
Jesus Christ Walker Edmiston[[Category:{{#var:casttype}} with Jesus Christ]][[Category:{{#var:casttype}} with Jesus Christ voiced by Walker Edmiston]][[Category:{{#var:casttype}} with acting by Walker Edmiston]]
John Whittaker Hal Smith[[Category:{{#var:casttype}} with John Whittaker]][[Category:{{#var:casttype}} with John Whittaker voiced by Hal Smith]][[Category:{{#var:casttype}} with acting by Hal Smith]]
Morty Blight Hal Smith[[Category:{{#var:casttype}} with Morty Blight]][[Category:{{#var:casttype}} with Morty Blight voiced by Hal Smith]][[Category:{{#var:casttype}} with acting by Hal Smith]]
Tedd Will Ryan[[Category:{{#var:casttype}} with Tedd (b)]][[Category:{{#var:casttype}} with Tedd (b) voiced by Will Ryan]][[Category:{{#var:casttype}} with acting by Will Ryan]]
Weeval Blight Unknown[[Category:{{#var:casttype}} with Weeval Blight]][[Category:{{#var:casttype}} with Weeval Blight voiced by Unknown]][[Category:{{#var:casttype}} with acting by Unknown]]
Young Man Will Ryan[[Category:{{#var:casttype}} with Young Man]][[Category:{{#var:casttype}} with Young Man voiced by Will Ryan]][[Category:{{#var:casttype}} with acting by Will Ryan]]

Notes[edit]

  • This episode was used in Radio Scripts, Volume 2.
  • The first story involves characters named "Bill" and "Tedd" - Most likely a reference to the Bill & Ted movies and animated series.
  • At one point, Farmer Bill says "Hunger and want slink across the land like two giant...slinky things." This is an almost direct quote from the TV series Blackadder: "Disease and deprivation stalk our land like... two giant stalking things."

Quotes[edit]

Young Man: I'll cut you all off from your power sources!

Young Man: (alarm buzzing) What a dream. Better turn off the ol' alarm (smacks alarm)
Alarm: Thank you.
Young Man: You're Welc... aah! What?!
Alarm: Now, can we talk about my timing mechanism. I think it's going a little slow.
Young Man: WWHHAAAAAA!!!! AAAAHH!!!

Bill (b): I didn't know the sole of my shoe was pink! Oh, that's my foot.